Thursday, October 22, 2009

A fall shirt

This shirt started out in my head as a summer shirt (well the fabric did) but as time went on so did the seasons! Its now chilly here with frost most mornings and a couple of snow falls (which quickly melted) so my shirt plans had to change. Ok, actually the plans didn't change at all, I had wanted to make the same shirt from the same fabric. It would probably have been unsuited for summer. (A normal summer, this summer it would have been suitable for most of it!)

So here you are, my fall shirt:

The pattern in Simplicity 3836, outfit B, the Mini-dress. I've seen a lot of it in blog land and my inspiration goes back a year or so to that coriander dress. I'm glad I chose to change the collar and arm ties to a solid colour. However after I finished sewing on the collar I had a scare: that my shirt might be starting to look like a clown outfit! hahaha I quickly tried it on and calmed myself down, not too clownish. I thought about adding red on the hem but BW thought it would be too much red... what do you think? I shortened it a bit too. This was the first time I've done that type of zipper setting, and its so good you can't even see it right? :-P I impress myself sometimes!

For some reason this took a looong time to make! I think I put in a couple of hours each night since I finished the camera bag, minus one weekend. I need to get faster!

I've got a growing list of bday gifts, xmas gifts and Xmas craft fair goods to make so this is the last thing I'm making for myself until the new year.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Belated Birthday Camera Bag

My brother Jesse's birthday was in July so for his bday I gave him a card that said he was going to get a handmade item of his choice sometime before Christmas. Haha well 2 months to go and its done... that's pretty good in my books! He got himself a nice, big point and shoot camera that was much in need of a case.

I used the Cosy Camera Case Tutorial from Amy a la Mode. Jesse's camera is pretty big (its like an SLR in a point and shoot body) so I had to make a few size adjustments for it. I'm glad for that too... sewing around the little curves at the bottom would have been much harder with a smaller case! Turned out pretty good :-)

The outside fabric is a topography print, don't know from who, that I got a metre of a few years ago in TO at the Creativ Festival. I used it up pretty quickly and was lucky enough to find it in a quilt shop in International Falls and it was double wide! I think I need more though... my family are canoeists so I know this will be a popular print with them. The mini pocket and lining fabric is cute little bears, moose and other boreal animals that I got for my bday. The closure is a snap so the button is for show.

Brent, sorry for the pics, you can take nicer ones with the camera in it! lol

Edited to add a new photo taken with a homemade light box.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Birthday to me! + some beadwork

Yup, its my birthday today! I'm one year closer to 30... :-| Sometimes that doesn't feel weird, other times it does (like right now lol).

Last year my hubby picked and surprised me with a kitchen aid stand mixer, which I love! This year though, I picked my gift. It would have been nice to get a surprise but there was something I wanted way too much! And that was Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner. Earlier this year I ordered a fat quarter set of the Good Folks line and all I could think of when I got it was that a fat quarter wasn't enough... I needed more! So back in August sometime I came across an etsy seller (fabricworm) selling a full set of 1 yard pieces. It was a must have and I ordered it that day hehe. So this arrived in the middle of Sept and I've been looking at it since. Finally last weekend I pre-washed and folded them and now they just sit on my pile of books where I look at it some more. Here it is:

Beautiful eh? I want to make a quilt for myself from it, plus some clothes and maybe some pillow and and and... oh I love it so.

The other night I finished the piece I was beading. I started in in August while on the road.

When I left off I had finished the white outline of the petals and filled in two of the petals. A night in September I finished one more petal. That left 1 petal and the blue and green accents to finish. It feels like it took a while to finish, 7 days. Now I gotta figure out what to do with it. And figure out what to do next. Last night I didn't bead (eep), I did do some design drawing before I went to bed though.

Today is also the 2nd anniversary of the day I went on my first date with the man who is now my husband. I had just moved back to my hometown from London in July and kept hearing about this guy. I heard mostly about him from my brother hahah. So after seeing him at a local powwow I decided to contact him. I'm glad I did too because he was thinking about me, but didn't have the courage to act on it yet. We emailed a few times, then made plans to meet for coffee. That day I went out for supper with my family and as we were leaving the restaurant he was just coming in with some friends of his. This was the first time we had passed each other! We were both a little thrown by running into each other I think. We managed to say "Hi..." and "Uh...I'll call you in a bit". Outside my brother comments "Well, that was AWKWARD!" hahahaha It really was. My husband and I both identify as being socially awkward... we're a good match. So here we are, 2 years later and married for almost 3 months. I love you Brent.